Quest 2016: 1 of 3 Qualities

Quest 2016 Theme, Day 8: 1 of 3 Qualities, from Visionary Sally Hogshead 

Today’s prompt comes from branding expert and best-selling author of How the World Sees You: Discover Your Highest Value Through the Science of Fascination, Sally Hogshead.

Today’s prompt:

Of these 3 options, which one is most important in your work right now: quality of life, quality of work, or quality of compensation?

For me it’s impossible to separate these three qualities, because each is part of a larger whole working in my life right now, where each quality feels equally important.

On the work front: This last year has been about work, work, work and more work, and that will likely continue in 2016. Having left my corporate writing gig in February of 2015 to go out on my own, I’m still finding my footing in my copywriting business. Things are going well, but based on lessons learned in 2015, 2016 is going to require an even greater amount of focused effort and determination to get the business to where I want it to be.

On the compensation front: Compensation wants improvement in 2016, so it’s a big focus, and inextricably linked to quality of work/output mentioned above.

On the quality of life front: Of course when you’re trying to get a business off the ground, other areas of your life will likely suffer and that’s ok in the short term; I’m down with that. Still, I wrestle with this weekly. I work 6-7 days per week, and feel like that’s ALL my life is about right now, so I sometimes find myself feeling cranky because there’s not enough time in my life devoted to simple pleasures like fun and downtime.

Of course, I realize this is just the way things look right now, it’s not permanent, and besides, I love my work. But I occasionally rebel by, say, doing what I did one recent weekday morning: lolling about in my pjs until 10:00 am, drinking coffee and reading a book. As if it were a Sunday, the one day I allow myself leisure time. I finally moseyed over to my desk at 10:30 am to start my work day. And let me tell ya, the beating up of myself that ensued for the rest of the day was not worth that extra time spent relaxing in the a.m.

What I need in this category is balance – getting my most important work priorities ticked off the to-do list by the end of the week so I can take ALL of Sunday off without guilt, and someday – someday, someday, someday – being able to take full weekends off. Because as we all know, when we allow ourselves time off, we come back to our work with more energy, creativity and joy.

So at the end of the day, finding the balance between these 3 qualities is the most important thing in my work right now.


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